During this session, we were joined by Anna Aspnes, one of the biggest names in the digital scrapbooking world. Anna has been visually storytelling and designing digital artistry resources for over 17 years, and as such is a master at creating dynamic scrapbooking pieces. Her passion is sharing her craft with her community and inspiring them to celebrate life through storytelling.

For the purpose of this session, Anna demonstrated how to use her ArtsyTransfers to create photo artistry and guided us through a number of her fundamental scrapbooking techniques:

  • Visibility of Layers
  • Reposition, Rotate, Recolor
  • Duplication of Layers
  • Blending Modes and Opacity
  • Clipping Mask Function
  • Combine with Other aA DigitalART Supplies

Anna used her Digital Artistry Bundle: Notabilia!

Set the Canvas

To begin, select a layout design. Use Photoshop for any reference image and minimize it. For example, Anna uses this particular layout design:

Select a new file. Make it 12 x 12 inches. Set the resolution at 300 pixels per inch in order to maintain good print quality. Click on the Create tab and establish a new layout.

Pick and select any of the artsy-designed papers from the ArtPlay Palette. Select a solid paper and add transfers and overlays.

Drag and drop it directly onto the new layout foundation. Click on the checkmark to accept the transformation. Go back to the Digital Art Supplies to find the Artsy Transfers. Open the PSD files that look very similar to the transfers and overlays that are in the ArtPlay Palette.

Pro tip: In the ArtsyTransfers, each of the layers is delivered individually. You can turn the layer visibility on and off and recolor them. You can also change the placement or the rotation of the layer to modify any of the layers that make up this transfer individually. This gives enough customization and flexibility while creating the pages.

Add a Transfer

Open up the transfers and overlays and bring one of the transfers above. Drag and drop them. Use the layered transfer options for flexibility while adding photos. Move this transfer to the paper design and select the first layer in the layers panel. Select the Move tool from the tools panel and hold down the shift button on the keyboard. Then select all those layers before dragging and dropping that transfer collection onto the layout foundation.

This automatically creates a focal point in which you can add a blended photo. Add an image into the Artsy Transfer Collection. Instead of dragging it directly from its location from the folder, import that photo. Choose file, open, and then navigate to the digital art supplies.

Select the photos for the layout design. Double click to open. With the Move tool selected, drag the image directly onto the layout design. Avoid worrying about the resolution of the images because the inconsistencies are masked by the photo artistry process.

Clip the Photo Layer

Resize the photo by about 50% and click on the checkmark to accept the transformation. Put the facial features on the right-hand side of the layout to better accommodate the chosen artsy transfer.

Go to edit, transform, and click 'flip horizontal'. Clip the photo layer to the Artsy Transfer. With the Move tool, drag the photo layer down the last panel and drop it directly above that layer. Increase the size so that it extends to the edges of that layer. Go to layer and create a clipping mask.

Use the keystrokes to do so. Move the image around to get the best fit for your image. Avoid worrying about the hard edges as they can be cleaned later using the Eraser tool. To get a prominent photo, choose the clipping set by selecting the two layers.

Holding down the shift key on your keyboard, drag them down to the new layer icon to make the photo denser and visible. Apply blending modes to the photo blending layer.

Adjust the Effects

Choose the Screen option and refine the effect by adjusting the capacity slider. Increase the complexity of the photo montage by adding a secondary Artsy Transfer. Make sure to group the layers to keep them organized. Double click on the label and add 81. Keep the cursor at the top of the layer stack before you introduce new elements.

Import Artsy Transfer number 4 and drop this file into the Photoshop background. If you happen to drop a layered file onto the layout design, then you're going to find that all of these individual layers combined into a single PNG format layer. Select all of these layers and then move them onto the layout design. Move them into your preferred position.

Modify the Layout

Turn off the layer visibility and move it to best fit the image. Modify the color of the transfers. Use image adjustments and Hue and Saturation to add a purple hue to coordinate with the image in the first Artsy Transfer design. Rotate and resize the layers as you want. Select all of these layers and nudge them closer to the blended image.

Pro tip: Notice that the layout forms into a fun stain paint transfer.

Select the layer and go to file. Open the second image. With the Move tool, drag it directly over that stain layer. Immediately go to layer, create a clipping mask to attach that photo to the image, and reposition the photo. Rotate that photo as you like. Edit the photo by clicking on Image Adjustment, levels, or curves, and lighten it up. Go to image adjustment, hue and saturation and bring down the saturation slider to remove the purple color cast.

Reduce the opacity to get the best effect for the photo. Incorporate a photo blend clipping mask by choosing photo blend number 3 from the Photo Blends Collection. Choose the PSD file and select the photo blends layer. With the auto-select option unchecked move it onto the layout design.

Make sure that the cursor is in the correct position and the layers panel directly above the clipping site. Bring that onto a layout design and resize it. Rotate it and double click to accept the transformation. Duplicate the photo layer in the clipping set by dragging it to the new layer icon, moving it above the photo blend clipping mask. Increase the opacity to 100% and create a clipping mask.

Add Embellishments

Turn off the effect and clean up some of the edges. Use the Eraser tool and an ArtPlay Palette brush to distress the edges. On the second image, remove the splatter around the edges. Use the layered mask to remove the effects.

Select all of the layers and go to layout group layers. Ensure that you have the auto-select option unchecked. Move it to the right in order to add a transfer on the left-hand side, create a band design, and connect the imagery from one side of the layout to the next. Navigate to the ArtPlay Palette Transfers and Overlays. Select a transfer and drag-drop directly onto the layout design.

Add Multimedia Elements

Introduce a multimedia element. Navigate to MultiMedia Documents No.2. Open up the PSD file by dragging it into the Photoshop background. Move the layers around and turn off the visibility. Turn off the paper frame layer. Move the stain layer by clicking the auto-select option at the top of the screen.

Place the stain so it hugs the edge of the photo collage. Drag it down to the bottom for it to sit nicely behind the layers. Close out the multimedia element and navigate to a WordArt. Bring it onto the layout design and drop it in the Photoshop background. Use the PNG files to drop them directly onto the canvas.

Place the transfer behind the element but on top of the photo collage. Select the group layer and drag it behind. Move the elements together to create a cluster and a focal point to draw the eye into the two images that are in the Artsy Transfer collage.

Strengthen the threads by bringing in the threaded part of the PSD file of the beaded threads. Bring that up to the latest panel so that it's not hidden behind the flower image. Strengthen and add visual interest to the title cluster. Go back to the digital art supplies, navigate to the elements folder in the Palette Collection and select dimensional elements. Hold down the control or command key to select the elements. Click on the checkmark to accept the adjustments.

Select the layers and drag them to the top of the panel to make them visible. Place a dragonfly and a button element. To change the color of a button element, go to image adjustments, hue and saturation and change the hue slider. Increase the intensity by going to image adjustment levels and increasing the shadows and highlights. This will add dimension.

Select the layer in the last panel, and go up the layer style. Go down to Drop Shadow and set the blend mode to Linear Burn. Set the opacity to about 40% at an angle of 120. Put 8 pixels size and distance on that button. Add 5 pixels on the dragonfly, creating a visual triangle.

Add Words

Complete the page by adding some words. Drag the text box from the original layout and add it to the new layout. Add a personal text or type in a word processing document and then copy and paste your text into the text box. Accept the transformation. Select the photo and go to the image and adjust levels. Increase the brightness and size to remove the darker background.

Hold down the control or command key and select both those photo layers so that they can be moved at the same time. Navigate to Artsy Transfers and paint the layer. De-select the auto-select option, holding the command or the control key down on the keyboard. Drag it down to use transfers to create your custom designs. Combine the different layers. Turning off the visibility, resize, rotate, reposition and recolor as required.

Congratulations, you have successfully learned scrapbooking techniques!